ESPNHS selects girls' 18 Under 18

18 female teen athletes inspire with their talents on and off the field

Updated: February 28, 2012, 8:29 PM ET
By ESPNHS

ESPNHS is honoring 18 female teen athletes who are doing remarkable things on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. Some are already superstars -- such as Jordyn Wieber, a favorite to win gold at the 2012 London Olympics, and Lexi Thomson, the youngest winner of an LPGA tournament. Others have overcome major obstacles -- such as Sami Stoner, a legally blind runner who is blazing a trail for the visually impaired, and Brionna Williams, who shed 119 pounds and turned her life around on and off the court.

And others -- such as Neha Gupta, a tennis player who has raised $325,000 for neglected children in India and the U.S., and Iko'tsimiskimaki Beck, a runner who organized an anti-bullying campaign in her school -- are leaders in their communities and schools.

The one thing all these young athletes have in common? They inspire us with their accomplishments.

Kendall Baldwin, 17
Middletown North (Middletown, N.J.)
Track
Helps clear racial hurdles as teen president of advocacy group Project RACE.

Iko'tsimiskimaki "Ekoo" Beck, 16
Hellgate (Missoula, Mont.)
Cross Country
Spearheaded a program to teach students about anti-bullying techniques.

Neha Gupta, 15
Pennsbury (Fairless Hills, Pa.)
Tennis
Founded a nonprofit that raised $325,000 for neglected children in India and the U.S.

Bryane Heaberlin, 17
Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
Soccer
U-17 national team goalkeeper helped devastated Haitian team via donations and compassion.

Sarah Hendrickson, 17
Winter Sports School (Park City, Utah)
Ski Jumping
Has soared during the first season that women have been able to compete in World Cup.

Kristen Kelliher, 17
Hanover (Hanover, N.H.)
Field Hockey/Basketball
Youngest female to summit the tallest mountains in each of the 48 contiguous states.

Fawzia Kheir, 17
Dickinson (Jersey City, N.J.)
Track
Versatile athlete balances her Muslim faith with her passion for running.

Logan McGill, 16
Greenhill (Dallas)
Swimming/Cross Country
After overcoming scoliosis, she raised more than $70,000 for a children's hospital.

Deireanne Morales, 15
Lynwood (Lynwood, Calif.)
Taekwondo
Olympic hopeful won bronze at the Pan Am Games against fighters 10 years older.

Jordan Sheridan, 17
Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Softball
Pitcher raises money with every strikeout to benefit a soup kitchen in her city.

Haley Skarupa, 18
Wootton (Rockville, Md.)
Hockey
Setting record after record in international competition while starring for Team USA.

Sami Stoner, 17
Lexington (Lexington, Ohio)
Cross Country
Legally blind runner and her guide dog are blazing a trail for the visually impaired.

Lexi Thompson, 17
Coral Springs, Fla.
Golf
Youngest winner on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours is golf's future.

Kylie Lan Tumiatti, 15
Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.)
Soccer
Earned President's Volunteer Service Award for work with the children of migrant workers.

Shilpa Tummala, 17
St. Mary's (Phoenix)
Basketball
Harvard-bound guard leads nation's No. 1 team on the court and in the classroom.

Shaylee Ward, 16
Katy (Katy, Texas)
Soccer
American Heart Association's top youth fundraiser in Texas honors her late father.

Jordyn Wieber, 16
Dewitt (Dewitt, Mich.)
Gymnastics
The designated "it girl" of the London Olympics balances gymnastics and a 3.9 GPA.

Brionna Williams, 17
Central (Kansas City, Mo.)
Volleyball/Basketball/Track
After losing 119 pounds, this three-sport athlete is a force on and off the court.